It's time to announce another winner of our Public Service Scholarship. We admire the work of those in public service who serve our communities, and this scholarship is our way of saying thank you. Today, we will announce our second honorable mention, who will receive $100.
A big congratulations goes to...
2nd Public Service Scholarship Honorable Mention: Matthew Breeze
Matthew will be majoring in Global Studies. He hopes to work in the field of global diplomacy some day. He has a keen interest in history, world politics, and government. He enjoys sports, fishing, hunting, and reading. He lives in rural northern Minnesota outside a small city called Bemidji, but often humorously referred to as “Brrrmidji,” Minnesota.
Here is an excerpt from his essay:
"For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a desire to know who conquered whom, where, why, and the effects of historical events on the global stage. Studying history has been a passion of mine my entire life. As Edmund Burke said, “Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.” I’ve often thought about working for the U.S. government in foreign affairs or in a diplomacy type position. I would like to earn a degree that will enable me to be a leader who is engaged in diplomacy between nations; one who participates in furthering democratic values and humanitarian freedoms.
...it is my grandparents that have most influenced my passion for learning about history and my desire to pursue a degree in International Studies. My Grandfather Jerome, on my mother’s side, was a highly decorated WWII veteran. I never knew him, but I have learned much about his life and his achievements. My grandfather on my father’s side was a Chief Master Sergeant in the Air Force and served during the Vietnam War. These were both small-town men who traveled great distances in an effort to make the world a better place for me. Neither of my grandfather’s had a college education. Yet, because of their courageous service, these two humble men made a profound impact on the world as they knew it. I would like to be able to make an impact on the world in my own way, through higher education."
We want to congratulate and wish Matthew all the best on his journey.